It's the home-loving fish with a mysterious taste for ocean-going adventure. Our salmon experts fish out the answers to the questions everyone's asking

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Farmed salmon: raising the steaks

Why do salmon swim upstream?

Salmon are born upstream in cool fresh water, but swim down river to seek adventure out to sea once they’ve grown up. When the time comes to spawn however, these ambitious fish are driven by instinct to return to where they were born. Sadly, the effort of swimming upstream wears them out so much that many salmon die along the way – a lesson if there ever was one, to go with the flow.

 

Which salmon should I use for sushi?

If you're a sushi novice, use smoked salmon and you won't have to prepare any fresh fish. If you fancy being more adventurous and want to go for sashimi-style raw salmon, make sure you buy the freshest salmon you can find, and prepare and eat it the very same day. Or try one of these sushi recipes.

 

What do salmon eat?

Wild salmon basically eat whatever they can get; from floating bits of plankton to small insects they snap up in the water. Farmed salmon have it easy, however, as they can be fed a rich diet of corn or soybeans, making them much fattier than their wild cousins.

 

How do you cook salmon?

A fresh fillet of salmon is the ultimate fast food! Brush the skin with oil or melted butter, and fry (skin side down) over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Turn and fry on the other side for 3 minutes until just cooked. Bingo!

 

When is salmon in season?

Salmon is farmed all year round, so is no longer a seasonal delicacy. If you’re plumping for wild salmon from the Pacific however, it’s at its best mid- to late summer – just in time for the barbecue season!

 

Why is salmon pink?

Farmed salmon get their pink hue from dye in their food, so really it’s just make-up. Wild salmon on the other hand are naturally pink from eating sea creatures like krill, which contain pinky compounds called astaxanthin.

 

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